Beginning this year, ICSE (Class X) students and ISC (Class XII) appearing in their board exams will get personalised answersheets with their photographs embedded on it. The move aims to make the exam process free of malpractices.
The answersheets will also have a pre-printed unique identification (UID) number. Until 2015, every examinee had to write name, a UID, and the name of the subject on the answersheet booklets. From this academic year, the answersheet will have a student’s photograph, name and UID, as well as the name of the subject, already printed on it.
Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), which conducts ICSE and ISC exams, said though the decision to have personalised answersheets was taken last year, it would be implemented from this year.
“Under this initiative, answerbooks will have photographs of students embedded on it as well as the UID number, which they tend to fill erroneously due to exam stress. The move will not only prevent answersheets from being misplaced, but will also minimise mistakes during evaluation,” he said.
Arathoon said the new system would be implemented in both ICSE and ISC exams. The number of pages of the answer booklets will remain the same — 16 for ICSE and 20 for ISC.
Unlike in the past, said the principal of a school in Colaba, when the board would send a single packet consisting of answerbooks for all students appearing in the exam at a particular centre, it would now send packets equivalent to the number of students appearing at the centre. “The packets will have the UID number of students to avoid confusion and also ensure ease in distributing answersheets,” said the principal.
There are about 2,050 private schools in the country that are affiliated to the CISCE. There are 174 ICSE schools in Maharashtra, of which 87 are in Mumbai. For the last few years, the ICSE has been trying to improve its examination process and has introduced many changes, including changes in the marking pattern from 50:50 to 70:30 for certain subjects.
Another principal said the pre-printed UID numbers would be beneficial to students and help reduce exam stress. “The pre-printed number will ensure students do not make any error (unlike in the past when they had to write it down on the answerbook). It will also be helpful to examiners and moderators. It will also ensure transparency,” said the principal.